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Becoming human : a theory of ontogeny

Author: Michael Tomasello
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019. ©2019
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Virtually all theories of how humans have become such a distinctive species focus on evolution. Here, Michael Tomasello proposes a complementary theory of human uniqueness, focused on ontogenetic processes. His data-driven model explains how those things that make us most human are constructed during the first years of a child's life. Tomasello assembles nearly three decades of experimental work with chimpanzees,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Tomasello
ISBN: 9780674980853 0674980859
OCLC Number: 1028612527
Description: x, 379 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: I. Background. In search of human uniqueness ; Evolutionary foundations --
II. The ontogeny of uniquely human cognition. Social cognition ; Communication ; Cultural learning ; Cooperative thinking --
III. The ontogeny of uniquely human sociality. Collaboration ; Prosociality ; Social norms ; Moral identity --
IV. Conclusion. A neo-Vygotskian theory ; The power of shared agency.
Responsibility: Michael Tomasello.

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Virtually all theories of how humans have become a distinctive species focus on evolution. Here, Michael Tomasello proposes a complementary theory focused on ontogenetic processes. Built on the  Read more...

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How does human psychological growth run in the first seven years, in particular how does it instill 'culture' in us? Tomasello addresses this question...by comparing us to chimpanzees and bonobos. Read more...

 
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